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Sunday, December 26, 2010

2011 PASADENA TOURAMENT OF ROSES PARADE COUNTDOWN: Tips on how to get there. Where to Park, and where "NOT" to park.

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By Randy Economy
www.Economy4ABC.Blogspot.com
December 26, 2010
4:12 p.m.

Pasadena, CA

Now that Christmas has come and gone, get ready for the biggest party of the "next" decade to swing into Pasadena this week as Texas Christian University (TCU) and the University of Wisconsin get ready to square off in the 2011 Edition of the Rose Bowl and Tournament of Roses Parade.

I will be posting lots of great "stuff" to help make this event fun to attend, and to make sure that you can get in and out of Pasadena on New Years Day without pulling your hair out.

Remember, the key to attending any New Years Day or Eve event in Pasadena is "be patient." Relax. Don't get stressed, and be prepared to be around more than a two million other people who have the same "plan" you do.

So, keeping that in mind, here is a map of the famed Rose Parade route. Same Parade route used for the past 100 plus years. Print this out.

2011 Rose Parade Route.  From the Tournament of Roses.

Parking

Parking is always a problem for New Years in Pasadena.  Be prepared to pay anywhere from $10 to $100 to park your car or RV.  If you can avoid taking your car, or if you can car pool, or take public transportation, that is the way to go, go, go!  I went to one Rose Bowl and literally had to walk more than 2 miles to get from my car to the Parade Route.  Not fun. So, plan ahead.


Reserved Parade parking for automobiles, buses and recreational vehicles is available through a group called "Sharp Seating Company," who is the "official" seating company of the Tournament of Roses.  You can call them at  (626) 795-4171 and the city of Pasadena, (626) 744-6470.

Another parking company for the parade is a company called "Easy Parking Service."  They can be reached at  (626) 286-7576.

Like I said, paid parking is offered on a first-come, first-served basis at various lots and parking structures near the parade route. 

Overnight parking on Pasadena streets begins at noon the day before the parade, for that evening only. All “No Parking” areas and red curb zones remain off-limits, and vehicles in violation will be subject to impound and a fine.  Again, not fun to have you car towed by Pasadena Police Department on New Years Eve or Day.  It will take you  HOURS to get your car back, if not days....  Been there.  Did that back in '94.
 If you do get your car towed, good luck trying to find it in what tow lot.  Illegally parked vehicles will be impounded. Impound information: 626-744-4565.

Farmers Insurance Rose Float is called "Dream Machine.:
RV Parking

Reserved RV parking is available through Sharp Seating, official seating company of the Tournament of Roses, (626) 795-4171.  In addition, overnight RV parking is available at the Rose Bowl Stadium prior to parade day. Overnight RV parking is located in Brookside Park at the Rose Bowl Stadium. RVs must be completely self contained. No hook ups. Space is limited. First come first served. Reservations not accepted. For additional information please call 626-577-3100.

Limousines and Buses
For limo and bus parking information, please call 626-397-4220 or call Sharp Seating at 626-795-4171.

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So, how do you get to Colorado Boulevard to watch the Parade? 
Here is your easiest "GPS" route.



From the East
West Covina, Pomona Area:
  • Interstate 10 west toward Los Angeles
  • 605 Fwy north
  • 210 Fwy west toward Pasadena
  • exit Allen, Hill, Lake or Fair Oaks/Marengo
  • turn south (left)
Duarte, Monrovia, Arcadia, East San Gabriel Valley Area:
  • 210 Fwy west toward Pasadena
  • exit Allen, Hill, Lake or Fair Oaks/Marengo
  • turn south (left)
Las Vegas/San Bernardino Area:
  • Hwy 15 toward Los Angeles
  • 210 Fwy west toward Pasadena
  • exit Allen, Hill, Lake or Fair Oaks/Marengo
  • turn south (left)
 From the West
San Fernando Valley, La Canada/Flintridge Area:
City of Glendale: Say Cheese!
  • 210 Fwy east toward Pasadena
  • exit Lake or Hill
  • turn south (right)
Van Nuys/Burbank Area:
  • 134 Fwy east toward Pasadena
  • 210 Fwy east toward Pasadena
  • exit Fair Oaks/Marengo, Lake or Hill
  • turn south (right)
Santa Monica/Beach Cities:
  • 10 Fwy east toward Los Angeles
  • 110 Fwy north toward Pasadena
  • at the end of the 110 continue northbound on Arroyo Parkway to any major east/west street
 From the North:
San Francisco/Ventura Area:
  • 101 Fwy south toward Los Angeles
  • 134 Fwy east toward Pasadena
  • 210 Fwy east toward Pasadena
  • exit Fair Oaks/Marengo, Lake or Hill
  • turn south (right)
Bakersfield Area:
  • Hwy 99 south toward Interstate 5
  • Interstate 5 south toward Los Angeles
  • 134 Fwy east toward Pasadena
  • 210 Fwy east toward Pasadena
  • exit Fair Oaks/Marengo, Lake or Hill
  • turn south (right)
Reno/Lake Tahoe Area:
  • Interstate 395 south toward Los Angeles
  • 14 Fwy toward Los Angeles
  • 210 Fwy east toward Pasadena
  • exit Lake or Hill
  • turn south (right)
 From the South:
San Diego Area:
Honda: World of Dreams
  • Interstate 5 north toward Los Angeles
  • 605 Fwy north
  • 210 Fwy west toward Pasadena
  • exit Allen, Hill, Lake, or Fair Oaks/Marengo
  • turn south (left)
Orange County/Beach Cities:
  • Interstate 405 north or Interstate 5 north toward Los Angeles
  • 605 Fwy north
  • 210 Fwy west toward Pasadena
  • exit Allen, Hill, Lake, or Fair Oaks/Marengo
  • turn south (left)
Downtown Los Angeles:
  • 110 Fwy north toward Pasadena
  • at the end of the 110 continue northbound on Arroyo Parkway to any major east/west street
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3 comments:

Dave Erickson said...

It is outstanding and making me want to get into the glue and flowering and away from this desk and the Portland rain.

I have worked on many Portland Rose Festival floats and cherish the memories that are in floral decoration.

Kudos on the live cam.
Sign me “I love a parade”
Dave Erickson,
Portland, Oregon

Got my Car TOWED on NEW YEARS EVE said...

I got my CAR TOWED three hours ago in Pasadena. Shit. Now what?

Got my Car TOWED on NEW YEARS EVE said...

....also....MY TICKETS TO THE ROSE BOWL ARE IN MY CAR that GOT TOWED by the PASADENA PD.